Identify your Problem Areas:
What are your biggest challenges? Some eat too much at meals or at their desks, while others pack in extra calories while driving, snacking, or socializing. Some want to help family members eat better – without them knowing it! Others leave choosing foods and meals to the very last second when hunger has already taken control of your thoughts. Different problems require different solutions. If you try to change everything at once, nothing will change.
Select up to three to five small changes you think will most easily and effectively enable you to address only your most troubling challenge. Always choose something you know you can repeat consistently day to day and month to month.
Develop a Simple Plan: You need to be more focused than just thinking “I’m going to try to do better” and having a few vague changes in mind. You need to select up to three specific daily changes you intend to make, and you need to commit to making these changes a part of your daily routine for the next 30 days. It is only a month, and you chose the changes in part because you thought they would be easy for you. Promise yourself you will try hard to adopt those changes for a least a month.
Execute Your Plan: It is important to make these changes each day. There is power in consistency. One way to do this is to keep a calendar or keep a record to mark your daily progress. Tell your friends and family about the commitment you have made. Do other things you believe will help keep you on track, like wearing a wristband or other reminder, posting signs for yourself, writing a food diary, or joining a group that is committed to making the same kind of changes you are. Do this and you will be on your way to freedom from all of the frustration and confusion and on the path to being healthy and fit.